presidential race and a new poll showing mitt romney now leading president obama. we'll talk about that with senator john mccain in just a couple of minutes, but first nbc's peter alexander is on the campaign trail in newport news, virginia. peter, good morning. >> reporter: matt, good morning to you. as you noted, this race appears to be tightening now with exactly four weeks to go, and on monday mitt romney, trying to present himself as a plausible commander in chief, attacked the president saying that the middle east has become a more dangerous place than when president obama took office. the latest pit stop in president obama's effort to reach his fund-raising goal of $1 billion, san francisco. >> we cannot afford to be complacent, and we cannot afford to be cynical. we've got to look back at the progress we've made, and that should give us confidence, but we have to understand that we've got a lot more to do. >> reporter: in virginia, a reinvigorated mitt romney may as we will have been singing in the rain, a downpour. >> people wonder why it is i'm so confident we're going to win.
poll shows romney has trimmed his opponent's advantage to four points. >> i need you fired up. i need you ready to go to vote because we've got some work to do. we've got an election to win. everything that we fought for in 2008 is on the line in 2012. >> reporter: ohio is the closest thing to a must-win battleground for both campaigns no. republican president has won the white house without t.obtuse, romney waded into an explosive social issue telling "the des moines register" as president he would not pursue any legislation with regards to abortion, an apparent shift on an issue the obama campaign has tried to use against him. the president's campaign pounced writing we know the truth about where he stands on a woman's right to choose. meanwhile, the campaign's "sesame street" sideshow has turned into a regular feature. will.i.am opened the president's rally yesterday with a familiar theme ♪ sunny day." >> somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. who knew that he was driving our deficit? >> he's focused on saving big is kind of a strange thing in my view because, you se
. >> reporter: and also in ohio trying to hang on to a slim lead is president obama as the new poll shows that romney's trend as the opponent advantage is trimmed to four points. >> i need you fired up and ready to vote, because we are have some work to do. we have an election to win. everything that we fought for in 2008 is on the line in 2012. >> reporter: ohio is the closest thing to a must-win battleground for both campaigns. no republican candidate has won the white house without it. mitt romney weighed into the social issue telling the "des moines register" that as president he would not pursue legislation for abortion and apparent shift on an issue that the obama campaign as tried to use against him. the president's campaign pounced on saying that we know right where he stands when it comes to a woman's option to choose. and will.i.am opened the president's rally with the familiar theme. ♪ sunny day >> somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. who knew he was driving the deficit. >> his focus on saving big bird is a strange thing in my view, because i'm focused on help
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